Rising early is all part of Easter Day

RESURRECTION The resurrected Jesus greeting his disciples, as portrayed in the Passion Play
RESURRECTION The resurrected Jesus greeting his disciples, as portrayed in the Passion Play

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This coming Sunday the clocks change – what was 5am becomes 6am, as British Summer Time begins.

This coming Sunday is also Easter Day, the day when Christians around the world celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

At St Faith’s in Lee-on-the-Solent, we will be starting our Easter celebrations at 6am – however, because of the clock change, it will feel like 5am!

Christians start celebrating early on Easter Day because the Bible tells us that the first people to find out that Jesus was no longer dead went to his tomb ‘early in the morning, while it was still dark.’

So some of us also will rise early, and this year (weather permitting) we will be gathering on the beach near Pier Street in Lee at 6am, to mark this event together.

If you don’t mind getting up really early, you’d be very welcome to join us!

Easter Day is one of my favourite days of the year.

By the end of it, I’m very tired indeed, but what an event to celebrate – Jesus coming back from the dead, beating death, proving that not even death could hold him down!

This event is so amazing, so life-changing, that it’s worth celebrating long and hard.

So we gather in the dark of Easter morning for our first celebration of the day, and this is followed by four other services: at 8am we have a traditional Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion service, at 9.30am our traditional Parish Eucharist, at 11am Sundays@11, our new service for adults and children, and at 6pm we finish the day with Evening Prayer.

Never let it be said that St Faith’s doesn’t give you every opportunity to celebrate Easter!

Seriously though, Easter Day is central to the Christian faith.

It’s the day we believe the world changed, when a man came back from the dead and never died again.

Easter Day shows us that Jesus is who he claimed to be – the one sent from God to save us – and challenges us as to what we’re going to do about that.

If you’d like to celebrate with us, or to find out more, why not join us this Sunday? Only don’t forget to change your clocks!

ST FAITH’S CHURCH, VICTORIA SQUARE,

Easter Day

6am Dawn service, starting on the beach near Pier Street

8am Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion

9.30am Parish Eucharist

11am Sundays@11

6pm Evening Prayer

www.stfaithslee.org.uk